The Weekender, Dec. 12-14: The ‘Serial’ edition

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The sweet obsession of "Serial."

Totally getting down with the new episode of “Serial,” which dropped just this morning. The investigation into Adnan Syed’s murder conviction earned an Unsolicited Endorsement in the paper this week.

I’ll say this: I still have no idea what happened to Hae.

WEEKEND

  • There’s a lot of nutcracking going on in the Triad this month, but the big dog is probably the UNC School of the Arts production of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center. This weekend’s guest performers are Whitney Jensen and Yury Yanowsky, both principle dancers at the Boston Ballet. (W-S)
  • The venerable Triad Stage has Snow Queen playing at the Pyrle in Greensboro and The Santaland Diaries at Upstage Cabaret. In Winston, It’s A Christmas Carol playing at Hanesbrands Theatre. See triadstage.org for tickets and showtimes. (GSO, W-S)

FRIDAY

  • It’s the first night of Krankies Craft Fair, which runs through Saturday featuring toys, handmade goods, vintage items, art, homemade lipstick and other things the Facebook page describes as “oddities.” Tonight’s episode begins at 5 p.m. (W-S)
  • The ambitious cultural crew at Amplifier puts out Vol. 2, Issue 3 tonight at Common Grounds, on the corner of Walker and Elam, with performances by Broads, Someday Rumble and prodigal son Caleb Caudle. Music starts at 9 p.m. (GSO)

SATURDAY

  • The Carolers of Christmas Past join Saturdays with St. Nicholas this weekend in historic Old Salem, where the man in red will be taking requests. (W-S)
  • The Deep Roots Market holiday craft fair has goods from Home State Apparel, Copper Chameleon and Red Velvet, with a pop-up shop from Gaia Conceptions. It runs Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. (GSO)
  • With an extra week of tension built up before it’s holiday release, Hoots Flea is back at the West End with its 2014 finale, featuring music, food, beer, performance and Triad City Beat T-shirts. (W-S)
  • You have to wonder what Freud would have said about the Running of the Balls, this annual Gate City tradition, a 5K through its most storied neighborhoods where every Christmas, lighted balls dangle from overhead boughs. (GSO)
  •  The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art brings Justin Townes Earle for this Crossroads session. Earle’s plugging his newest release Absent Fathers, a companion piece to his 2014 release Single Mothers. Caleb Caudle lends his voice in support. (W-S)